The public is invited to gather in the historic 1828 Meetinghouse for the annual fall meeting of the historical society.

This will be the fifth fall gathering that will explore the history and contribution of yet another "original family" of the semi-communal Dunkards of Lycoming County. This year we will look at the Kiess contribution.  

George Kiess came to America, along with ten other German Pietist families, in September 1804 staying over the 04-05 winter in Germantown (Philadelphia). In the spring the approximate 50 individuals walked via Reading, Catawissa, and Muncy to Hepburn Township. Arriving at their already purchased 422 Blooming Grove acres on the 20th of May, 1805, perhaps on a beautiful day replete with blooming Dogwood trees, they joyful cried "Bluemengrofe", or, "flowering woods.   Many local and now distant families have a Kiess connection.

A panel of Kiess representatives will trace several generations, disclose home/farmstead sites, and talk about three major burial settings (eighteen Lycoming County cemeteries have Kiess headstones, Blooming Grove alone has 43). Interesting biographical sketches and memorabilia will be shared. Those who wish may walk to and explore an original home site. In addition to the Blooming Grove connection, attendees will appreciate a connection to the village of Larryville PA (Rte 287).

If you would like to schedule a tour of the museum and meeting house, please call (570) 323-2385 or (570) 419-6770

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